put on the dog

Definition of put on the dog

US, informal + old-fashioned

  1. :  to pretend that one is very stylish or rich They really put on the dog for their daughter's wedding.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to place in a specified position or relationship :  lay

    :  to move in a specified direction

    :  to send (as a weapon or missile) into or through something :  thrust

  1. :  a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

    :  the act or an instance of putting the shot

    :  an option to sell a specified amount of a security (as a stock) or commodity (as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. :  being in place :  fixed, set

  1. :  canid

    :  a highly variable domestic mammal (Canis familiaris) closely related to the gray wolf

    :  a male dog

  1. :  canine

    :  having an inferior or inauthentic quality :  spurious

    :  unlike that used by native speakers or writers

  1. :  to hunt, track, or follow like a hound

    :  to worry as if by pursuit with dogs :  plague

    :  to bother or pester persistently

  1. :  extremely, utterly


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